Stories must have a beginning, a middle, an end, and some sort of moral to tie it together. Constructing that is perhaps, the biggest challenge.
In any good story, something has to happen.What kind of stakes are involved in your story? Why is what happens in this story significant? What do you stand to gain or lose? If you can’t answer this, then your story will not be interesting to the audience.
- Make your story last around 10 minutes.
- Connect to your audience by speaking to them, not reading.
- Start your story with a bang. Make your opening lines grab the audience’s attention. Look for strong images to capture the imagination of the audience.
- Enjoy sharing your story! Just know your key points so you can relax as you hit each one, then fill in with the details. Pretend as though you’re at a dinner party telling the story to friends.
- Be a stand-up comedian. Spillit welcomes funny storytellers but asks that funny people tell funny stories
- Recite your story word-for-word. No notes or script of any kind may be used. Memorizing the key points in your story is fine.
- Be angry or rant. Most of us could use an hour or so on the couch with our therapist. Save the angry rhetoric for your shrink. Basically, no fussing allowed.
- Wander aimlessly with your story, especially at the end. Know the ending sentences of your story before you start. Build that crescendo!